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Christabel or Emmeline?

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LissyGlitter Thu 30-Jul-09 21:34:21

We have a dd due in November. We are thinking Emmeline and Christabel as first name and one middle name and maybe Zelda as the second middle name. Our current DD is called Marianne Catherine Isabella. Any opinions?

I'm currently leaning towards Christabel first, but DP says it's too close to my mum's name (Christine) and his mum might get upset. My entire family don't like Zelda, but that's because they are thinking of the aunt from Sabrina the teenage witch, as opposed to Zelda Fitzgerald, which is who we are thinking of. But then is she a good role model as she was mostly famous for being rich and being married to someone famous (I know she was a writer herself, but it's pretty accepted she only got famous due to F. Scott) Plus she was mental, and while I am personally quite mental it's not really a life aim is it?

janeite Thu 30-Jul-09 21:36:25

I like Emmeline and Christabel and hate Zelda. Marianne and Emmeline sound lovely together.

blithedance Thu 30-Jul-09 21:39:15

Is there a Pankhurst theme going here?

BCLass Thu 30-Jul-09 21:39:25

On the Pankhurst theme, Sylvia was the most admirable I think.

letsgostrawberrypicking Thu 30-Jul-09 21:39:26

Emmeline is beautiful!

GossipMonger Thu 30-Jul-09 21:39:29

Zelda is awful but I love Emmeline!

Christabel reminds me of a hideous poem I did at school with the stupid line of

'Is the Night chilly and dark?
The Night is chilly but not dark.' hmm

Emmeline Mary
Emmeline Christina Mae
Emmeline Gabriella Hope

I do love the shortening of Emmie as well.

BCLass Thu 30-Jul-09 21:40:10

x post blithedance!

janeite Thu 30-Jul-09 21:40:32

'Christabel' is by Samuel Taylor Coleridge - I like it!

LadyGlencoraPalliser Thu 30-Jul-09 21:41:31

What about Sylvia? She was by far my favourite Pankhurst.

bouncyball Thu 30-Jul-09 21:41:43

Marianne and Emmeline sound much better together and sorry but Zelda is pants! Only my opinion!

pointydog Thu 30-Jul-09 21:46:08

emmeline - nice

chrstiabel - twee

zelda - pretty bad

LadyGlencoraPalliser Thu 30-Jul-09 21:48:24

Pointydog, when you see your post in Threads I'm On it looks like you've posted Tweezelda - pretty bad.
Which I think few would dispute.

EldonAve Thu 30-Jul-09 21:50:12

Emmeline is nice

LyraSilvertongue Thu 30-Jul-09 21:52:02

Emmeline's lovely.
Not sure about Christabel.

pointydog Thu 30-Jul-09 21:53:02

oh I'm sure there are a good few out there who would like tweezleda wink

hocuspontas Thu 30-Jul-09 22:05:48

Emmeline Christabel Estelle

Emmeline Estelle Sylvia

Emmeline Sylvia Adela

just trying to keep it in the family...

swineofthetimes Thu 30-Jul-09 22:09:20

Emmeline definitely

PinkyRed Thu 30-Jul-09 22:11:44

Another vote for Emmeline from me

hester Thu 30-Jul-09 22:27:40

Will you shorten them? Emmeline - Emmie or Lina. Christabel - Christy or Bella?

I think both are fine. Marginally prefer Emmeline.

Loving the suffragette theme, though smile

TimothyTigerTuppennyTail Thu 30-Jul-09 22:32:09

Definitely Emmeline.

Have you read the AA Milne poem?

If I'd had a girl she would have been Emmeline.

BlueBumedFly Thu 30-Jul-09 22:46:36


I have a Clementine and would love an Emmeline but they are too close. Clemmie and Emme!

mrswoolf Fri 31-Jul-09 00:53:26

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

BonsoirAnna Fri 31-Jul-09 01:39:06

Christabel is a lovely name.

Emmeline is not nearly as pretty and doesn't go nearly as well with Marianne as Christabel does.

MamaLazarou Fri 31-Jul-09 08:45:59

Christabel and Emmeline are both FABULOUS names - for obvious reasons!

Zelda is a popular Nintendo game. Also: Terrahawks.

LadyThompson Fri 31-Jul-09 10:04:21

Are you naming her after people you admire or is it just the names you like? The Pankhurst names seem to come up a lot on this thread and I am getting a bit hmm

Sylvia was arguably the most principled Pankhurst of all, but I don't seem Mumsnetters rushing to name their daughters after her (though in fact her real first name was Estelle). Christabel was Emmeline's favourite.

As for Zelda, again it seems you have picked a name you like and are trying to hammer a meaning on to it. Which is fine! You can pick names you like without them having to have a extra dimension.

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